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January 2017 Child Care Provider of the Month – Kind Hearts Day Care

Arlington, VA – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), and National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA) would like to congratulate Julie Hume and the staff at Kind Hearts Day Care in Princeton, Minnesota. They have been named Provider of the Month for… Read more »

Senate Confirms Betsy DeVos

Earlier today, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, on a 51-50 vote with Vice-President Pence casting the deciding vote. This is the first time a sitting Vice-President has had to vote to confirm a cabinet nominee. Last month, Betsy DeVos had a very contentious nomination hearing with the Senate… Read more »

January 2017 Footnotes

As we embark on 2017, we look forward to a new year and how we can make an impact during the first 100 days of the new administration. On child and family programs and policy we remain committed to ensure the new Administration and Congress are aware of the policies and resources critical for positive… Read more »

CCAoA Celebrates American Heart and Black History Months

Heart disease and strokes are the #1 killers of women in the United States Roughly every minute, another woman dies, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Although heart disease affects women of all races and ethnicities, rates are especially high for African-American women. Here’s a little story to inspire you: Wear Red On February… Read more »

U.S. Capitol in front of the reflecting pool

Senators Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation to Reform Child Care Tax Credits

Late last week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Promoting Affordable Care for Everyone (PACE) Act of 2017. The goal of the PACE Act is to make these tax credits more generous for working and low-income families and reflect the rising cost of child care. This legislation would update several Federal… Read more »

Hold President Trump Accountable: Join the Fight for the First 100 Days

Now’s our chance – President Trump spoke about child care and maternity leave in his agenda when he was a candidate for President, and now that he’s in office we want to make sure he keeps that promise. While we don’t yet know the details of any of the proposals being considered by Congress or… Read more »

Help Build Your Child’s Brain on National Opposite Day

National Opposite Day is observed every year on January 25. Many enjoy using this day to try to confuse others by saying and doing the opposite of what they really mean. Why not use this day to help build your child’s brain? By the age of five, your child’s brain has reached 90 percent of… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Yolanda Gilbert

Spotlight Yolanda Gilbert, Dolores’ House for Little People, Sheboygan, WI The Problem Too many of our children grow up on a steady diet of fast food and inactivity. The Solution Model exercise and good-for-you foods. How She Did It Yolanda Gilbert was in a thrift store when she spotted a miniature version of a popular… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Nutrition Education

Spotlight Nutrition Education: Resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website. The Problem If families or child care staff lack knowledge about good nutrition, it can affect the overall health of the children they care for. Some Solutions The Early Childhood Health and Wellness portal on ECLKC has an entire web page… Read more »

Helping Children Deal with Stress

2016 was in many ways, a year of big changes; 2017 will bring a lot of change too. As adults, we have developed ways to cope with stress and change—some of them healthy, like talking to friends, taking walks or runs, reading, playing or watching sports or deep breathing and meditation.  We see these all… Read more »

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